The Biscuits wrapped up against the Wahoos and sent them packing Saturday. In their place the Generals arrived on Sunday to begin a five game set.
The series against the Wahoos in the first five games of this ten game homestand was dramatic and exciting, just as one would expect from a potential playoff preview. The games went back and forth, setting the stage for the climactic rubber match on Saturday night.
CHASE THE BISCUIT
With rehabing Major leaguer and former Troy Trojan Chase Whitely getting the start for Montgomery, the Biscuits and Wahoos locked horns in an old fashoned pitchers duel.
Whitely, a local product who had a large contingent of friends, family and supporters in the crowd, reached 90mph and had no trouble with double-A hitters.
It isn't know if he will make another appearance for the Biscuits, but he left a great impression on those who saw him working Saturday.
Following Whitely's removal was pitcher Yonny Chirinos. Usually a starting pitcher, Chirinos came on and pitched well in his four frames but was ultimately touched for three runs in the seventh inning.
Chirinos has been excellent in the Montgomery rotation since his promotion from the Stone Crabs a few weeks ago.
Pitching in relief on this night, Yonny cruised for a few innings before becoming suddenly hittable and was pulled before too much damage was done.
GOTTA PAIR FROM GOTTA
With the score still locked at 3-3 into the bottom of the ninth, Justin Williams opened the Biscuits half of the inning with a ringing double.
|Justin Williams is fired up about his 9th inning double|
When Granden Goetzman put down a sacrifice bunt, Wahoos closer De Los Santos fielded the ball and promptly threw it wildly over the third basemans head - allowing the baserunner Williams to waltz home with the gamewinning run.
Fans cheered, massive fireworks were seen and Biscuit fans went home happy.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
On Sunday it was a new day and a new opponent.
The Jackson Generals tried to take the Biscuits to the woodshed, pounding out 17 runs in the contest. To their credit, the Skitz didn't just roll over and think of England, they mustered seven runs of their own.
Knuckleballing reliever Jared Mortensen followed but fared little better, eventually getting pulled after Brady Williams was ejected for arguing.
The play Williams was tossed for was pretty bad, Pat Blair fouled a ball off his foot that rolled into fair territory. The Generals picked the ball up and threw it around the infield for a double play and got the benefit of the bad call and the fact that Blair was on the ground in pain unable to run to first.
Should have been foul, instead it was two outs. Brady had seen enough and didn't keep that fact a secret, sharing it loudly and occasionally kicking some dirt onto home plate, earning him the heave-ho.
Williams was the lucky one, not having to sit through the lengthy contest. It took more then three and a half hours for the Generals to dispatch the Biscuits in a game with over 50 baserunners combined.
SERIES PREVIEW GENERALS V BISCUITS
Should the Biscuits advance to the playoffs by winning the second half North Division, the Generals are the team Montgomery would face in the first round. Jackson enters the series in second place, trailing Montgomery closely.
The Gens are a scrappy team low on prospects but high on experience and ability. Their P-Rat is 89, the team is led by hard hitting outfielder Tyler O'Neil. Batting .305 with 19 hrs and 78 runs batted in, O'Neil is a strong candidate for Southern League MVP.
Guys like Leon Landry and Marcus Littlewood know how to win games at this level, making the team a well rounded squad, not just a prospect farm.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Montgomery looks to score late. I don't have any stats on it, but this team scores late more often than a hooker at Krystals on Mobile hwy.
Look for Montgomery to spoil the Generals reputation for being hard to hit homers against. The Gens have the second fewest HRs allowed but Montgomery knows how to find the fences.
Montgomery allows the most bases on balls in the league. Look for Generals looking for free passes.
Look for Ian Miller to test Biscuit catchers and try to add to his 34 stolen bases. Miller has only been caught one time this year!
MARJ TO REHAB
Mike Marj is an important part of the success in Montgomery this summer, hopefully he gets healthy and returns soon.
COYLE TO DL
I was told the move that activated Patrick Leonard also sent Tommy Coyle to the DL. It hasnt posted on the league website or the team site yet, but hey, that shouldn't surprise anyone.
CHAPMAN THE HUSTLER
It quickly became obvious that "a little bit" meant "like a boss" and Chapman walked away on the winning team.
QUIRKY OR METHODICAL?
Fans have noticed Chapman and his busy bullpen activities. From the time he comes out of the tunnel before the game until the last fan has left, Jaye Chapman seems to stay in a state of constant motion. While he does so, he talks to players, fans, umpires, grounds keepers, pretty much anyone who comes near him. He stretches against the walls and wanders all over the bullpen area, covering every inch of real estate in that zip code.
On talking to fans, he says its partly due to being from the Florida panhandle, as well as having a branch of friends and family here in Montgomery. "Every day I have like, 40 folks here to see me! They live here, so its great to see everyone" he told me.
I asked him about his pre-game routine and the habits he has in the pen. "Every move is precisely planned, an intricate warm-up regimen."
LAST TO GO
On being the last one out of the ballpark after the game, he was honestly old school about non-fraternization. "I hate going down the tunnel with the other team, no matter who has won. A guy I just struck out in a big spot, or gave up a hit to maybe lose a game, and I am supposed to just pack it in and walk beside him right after? No way, I just wait until they clear out."